Blog & Opinion
14 December 2018 • Floris van der Heijde
The wolf and the three credits
I know that I come across in my blogs as one of those diligent students who always has everything under control. One of those keen students who works away on his modules each week, the type that lecturers like to be friends with. However, even I slip up every now and again.
Once upon a time
Once upon a time, there was a writing module in the foundation year. I always attended all the lectures and did the assignments. As a good little student, I thought, “That exam’s in the bag.” Well, as you’ve probably guessed, it wasn’t. To my dismay, Osiris showed that I had scored a measly 4.8. The first thing that went through my head was that at least I’d given it my best shot. Then, ever hopeful, I said to myself, “That resit is in the bag.”
When I went to the exam room for the resit, I was as well-prepared as a student could be. I arrived at THUAS two hours early, and left absolutely nothing to chance. I walked into the room with a confident stride. “Your ID isn’t valid any more.” I felt my blood boil. How dare this little old man dressed as an invigilator with a badge destroy my success. I nearly had a breakdown. But it really wasn’t his fault, and he looked far too kind for me to shout at. With my head hanging down, I dragged myself out of the room, feeling like a loser.
You’re probably wondering how things are going now. Well, that’s very nice of you to ask. Unfortunately, I have some bad news. I still haven’t managed to pass that foundation year and the writing module isn’t offered anymore. As a slight consolation, my average grade was 7.8. But I will not live happily ever after until I get those credits.
Floris van der Heijde is a third-year Communications student at THUAS. In his blogs he recounts typical student stories. He also greatly relishes his sleep during the weekends (and preferably also during the week).